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Marcy replied to the topic 'Wabash Cannonball February Song of the MonthThe Wa' in the forum. 1 hour 29 minutes ago

Thanks very much, Jim! I've been working on learning your version for the last few days. Glad you like it.
Hey, it does look like my post got cut off, Andy. Strange... Well, all I said was looks like we had the same idea for how to spend the evening and that your improvising on the melody sounded cool.
You asked if this one's in the upper or lower octave and I guess it's both most of the time since I'm using tongue blocked octaves. It's a little tricky to get the hang of switching from blocking two holes when you blow to blocking three holes when you draw, but, it gets to be natural after a while.

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Lithy replied to the topic 'How do you record yourself?' in the forum. 1 hour 36 minutes ago

I have just recently discovered 'Looper Pedals'. One that has good reviews is a Boss RC-3 Loop Station Pedal.

Would like to know anyone"s opinion before I purchase.

Thanks.

Lithy.

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Sarge replied to the topic 'Wabash Cannonball February Song of the MonthThe Wa' in the forum. 2 hours 5 minutes ago

Great job Marcy!!! It sounds like you've got he melody/rhythm chord method in good shape.

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Sarge replied to the topic 'Wabash Cannonball February Song of the MonthThe Wa' in the forum. 2 hours 7 minutes ago

Way to jump in after it Andy. Have you tried playing it in first position with tongue blocking?

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Lithy replied to the topic 'Microphones' in the forum. 2 hours 8 minutes ago

Thank you everyone. Will get back to you Crawforde on what I think of the Bulletizer Shure Ultimate 545. Have to purchase from the US.

Cheers.

Lithy.

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AndyT replied to the topic 'Wabash Cannonball February Song of the MonthThe Wa' in the forum. 2 hours 13 minutes ago

Marcy wrote:

Someday I've got to try one of those Meisterklasse harps!
Here's a runthrough of Wabash Cannonball from me.

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I think half your post must have got lost Marcy

Another excellent version. Did you play the low or high octave? I really think this style suits songs about trains, so want to get the vamping right at some time, - at this rate about 2019.

Everyone needs to play the Meisterklasse.

Andy

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Marcy replied to the topic 'Wabash Cannonball February Song of the MonthThe Wa' in the forum. 2 hours 36 minutes ago

for improvising. Someday I've got to try one of those Meisterklasse harps!
Here's a runthrough of Wabash Cannonball from me.
soundcloud.com/harmonica-clips/wabash-cannonball

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Dexer replied to the topic 'Harmonica Review - Suzuki Manji in Low F.' in the forum. 3 hours 21 minutes ago

I can tell you that my Manji IS less responsive than other harps.

It's even less responisve than othe Suzuki harps. I just held a Manji C and Bluesmaster C in my hands and blew into them. The Bluesmaster makes a sound with much less air.

This doesn't mean there is anything wrong with the Manji. It sounds great. But it's a loud harp compared to all of my others. Because it doesn't respond to low amounts of air, you have to blow (and draw) a bit more...and it springs to life with higher amounts of air. And, when it springs to life. it's loud. It would probably be an excellent harp for a performer who wants to project sound. However, as somebody who likes to practice without making a racket, the Manji is a bit disconcerting. I like to sit on the couch and play fairly softly but the Manji doesn't seem to like to play softly. It likes to be loud.

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AndyT replied to the topic 'Harmonica Review - Suzuki Manji in Low F.' in the forum. 3 hours 33 minutes ago

Harmlessonica wrote:

I remember feeling that my new Manji was unresponsive and I was quite disappointed at first - though I often feel that way with new harps. I put it away for a while and have come back to it recently and now really appreciate the quality and raspy timbre. Whether the harmonica needed breaking in or I improved as a player is anyone's guess...

What kind of faults are you noticing?

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It's mainly the tone, which is starting to sound a bit more like the plastic combed harps I don't like than the wooden combed ones I do. I am 99% certain that this is my embrouchure around the shape. I'm also getting some sticky reeds. See comment re embrouchure.

Of course, I am comparing with harps I have broken in, and the Meisterklasses, which I haven't needed to break in as they are supremely responsive.

Andy

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AndyT replied to the topic 'Wabash Cannonball February Song of the MonthThe Wa' in the forum. 3 hours 42 minutes ago

Harmlessonica wrote:

Good start Andy.

If you do want to vamp, you need to have the core melody locked in first. If you try to do both with a new tune you're learning, the chances are you'll do neither very well...

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I think you're pretty much spot on there, Harmless, and it's been in the back of my mind the last few days as well Not familiar with the tune and not had time to learn it from recordings so relied on the tab, which means a quicker start but not the best way to learn tunes, but needs must.


Andy

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Harmlessonica replied to the topic 'Whatcha working on...?' in the forum. 3 hours 42 minutes ago

In the little time I have on a daily basis, I'm often chopping and changing from one exercise to another. Sometimes I'm playing around with different tunings, other times I'm just chugging or practicing my bends. The steps of the 3 draw still elude me...

One thing which inspired me recently was listening to Salty Homes' I Want My mama - I've been spending the last week or so trying to make my harmonica talk!

Of course, it would help if I had better control of those pesky 3 draw bends... :unsure:

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Dexer replied to the topic 'Whatcha working on...?' in the forum. 3 hours 43 minutes ago

I'm still working on learning that snazzy 24 hole Tremolo.

That's the main reason for my relative lack of new postings...specifically any new videos.

I'm spending time on the tremolo everyday but I also have to do daily diatonic and chromatic practice. As a result, progress is somewhat slow. Though my tremolo playing has improved significantly, I want to get it up to the point where I can post a video. But switching between three harmonica types everyday is an issue because I can't focus my tremolo efforts as much as I would like. As much as I want ot go all out on the tremolo, I'm afraid to neglect the other harps lest I start backsliding. So, right now, I'm juggling harps :).

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Harmlessonica replied to the topic 'Whatcha working on...?' in the forum. 3 hours 54 minutes ago

spideryak wrote:

...The past few days I've been working on that song ..."Yakety Axe" ...Fast tune but surprisingly pretty straight forward...
(also the theme from Benny Hill show)

When I first started learning, I combed through harptabs.com for fun theme tunes like this. I quickly realised how hard playing harmonica was and gave up on most of them.

I'd love to hear your version when it's ready! Maybe I'll give it another go myself someday...

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Harmlessonica replied to the topic 'Harmonica Review - Suzuki Manji in Low F.' in the forum. 4 hours 5 minutes ago

AndyT wrote:

...Comments on playing so far is that two draw bend is quite unresponsive, and I'm starting to notice faults in the sound, but this could be the change in my embrouchure because of the shape of the harp.

Andy

I remember feeling that my new Manji was unresponsive and I was quite disappointed at first - though I often feel that way with new harps. I put it away for a while and have come back to it recently and now really appreciate the quality and raspy timbre. Whether the harmonica needed breaking in or I improved as a player is anyone's guess...

What kind of faults are you noticing?

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AndyT replied to the topic 'Whatcha working on...?' in the forum. 4 hours 6 minutes ago

Currently I'm working on Autumn Leaves, My Favourite Things, general vamping exercises, dorian scale exercises. Constantly working on my bending and tongue blocking. Doesn't seem to be doing much good however.

Andy

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Harmlessonica replied to the topic 'Harmonica Review - Suzuki Manji in Low F.' in the forum. 4 hours 12 minutes ago

My Manji in A doesn't have the sloping coverplate.

I quite like that design feature, similar to my Thunderbird. As well as the practicality of avoiding reed rattle, it's a neat ergonomic way of telling if your harp is the right way up.

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Harmlessonica replied to the topic 'Wabash Cannonball February Song of the MonthThe Wa' in the forum. 4 hours 17 minutes ago

Good start Andy.

If you do want to vamp, you need to have the core melody locked in first. If you try to do both with a new tune you're learning, the chances are you'll do neither very well...

Also, as much as I love vamping, in my opinion it can have the effect of making tunes sound too similar. It's no bad thing if you want to go a different direction and embellish the tune in your own unique way.

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spideryak replied to the topic 'Whatcha working on...?' in the forum. 4 hours 33 minutes ago

Found this topica sleep since the holidays I think ...

The past few days I've been working on that song ..."Yakety Axe"

I'm working on the charlie mccoy version. It's a hot popular sax tune from years ago.

he plays often in 2nd position in this case he uses 2 harps..each one "country tuned" C and F

Anybody out there already playing it ?

Any other stuff you're working on ?

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AndyT thanked Crawforde in topic Harmonica Review - Suzuki Manji in Low F. 4 hours 41 minutes ago
Crawforde replied to the topic 'Harmonica Review - Suzuki Manji in Low F.' in the forum. 5 hours 12 minutes ago

No enlarged lower plate on keys above low F.
At least on mine.
I have a low D, enlarged cover on the bottom. I like it, and like the way me thumb lays on it, but I pucker. It was weird at first.
My higher key Manji has regular dimensioned cover plates.

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